U. S. Navy Auxiliary Vessels
The ammunition ship USS Rainier (AE-5) replenishing USS Antietam (CV-36) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in 1952.
This portion of the Shipscribe site contains reference information on the auxiliary vessels of the United States Navy that were on hand or added to the force between 1835 and 1945. For each ship the site provides name and classification, technical specifications, procurement history, and dates of and other relevant data on construction, commissioning, and disposal. Changes in this information that occurred during the ship's career are identified, including those after 1945, but other career details, notably operational history, are outside the scope of this work.
Ships are listed by type using standard U. S. Navy classifications (AD: Destroyer Tender, etc.) and class. To proceed to the ship class pages, click "Enter" above or click on the photograph at the top of this page to access the main ship type page. For each type, if you want full data on the classes with links to their photographs, click the link on the left; if you want to go directly to the photographs, click the link on the right. The Quick Links Menu is an alphabetical listing of ship types with direct links to them.
Whenever possible, representative photographs have been provided for each ship class. They are primarily from the U. S. Naval History and Heritage Command and from Record Groups 19-LCM and 80-G at the U. S. National Archives. Unlike the other information on this site, all of which is copyright © by Stephen S. Roberts, all photographs that originated from U.S. Government collections or that have U.S. Government file numbers are believed to be in the public domain. For most classes, the photographs provided here are only a small proportion of those in existence.
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